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Southside Place, Texas

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GNIS Codes ...

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) was created to address the problems caused by spelling and naming variations. The BGN will usually recognize an existing name or, when necessary, establish a new name for a geographic feature (such as a mountain, lake, river, stream, city, town, village, dam, bridge, etc).

The BGN names are kept in a database called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) and it is the official Federal repository. The GNIS is operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

A unique and permanent numeric code has been assigned for each name in the GNIS database. These names and identifiers are definitive and it is intended that they are to be used by all departments of the Federal Government:

GNIS ID for Southside Place: 2411947

GNIS ID for Harris County: 1383886

GNIS ID for Texas: 1779801

FIPS Codes ...

In a past effort, various federal agencies worked together to create a set of codes with a purpose similar to the GNIS codes. These codes are called the Federal Information Processing Standard (or the FIPS 55 codes). Although they are still used by some organizations, the FIPS codes are obsolete and will ultimately be replaced by the GNIS codes.

The following FIPS codes apply to Southside Place:

Place (Community) Code:  69272
State Code:  48 (Texas)
County Code:  201 (Harris County)

Since the Place and County FIPS codes are not unique and can be repeated in other States, it's necessary to combine the State code with the Place and County FIPS codes to uniquely identify them - for example:

State/Place Code:  48/69272
State/County Code:  48/201

As already mentioned, the FIPS codes are to be replaced by the GNIS codes. The following reflect those changes:

 FIPS Code   translates to   GNIS Code
State of Texas:    48   1779801
Harris County:    48/201   1383886
Southside Place:    48/69272   2411947

GPS Location - GNIS vs Census ...

An important aspect of the GNIS code is that it assigns a GPS location (the latitude/longitude) to the geographic feature. This location is simply a point on the map and does not represent the size or shape of the feature. In the case of Southside Place, it is a point within Southside Place that might be a post office, the city hall or simply an intersection - the point should really be considered arbitrary and only indicating a general location.

For Southside Place, the GNIS GPS location is given as:

Lat:   29° 42' 21"   (or 29.71°)

Lon:   -95° 26' 12"   (or -95.44°)   [Map]

Determined by its statistical needs, the Census Bureau has defined a sampling area for Southside Place - this area also contains a map point. As with the GNIS code, the location of the Census point should be considered as being arbitrary within the sampling area.

For Southside Place, the Census 2010 GPS location is given as:

Lat:   29° 42' 31"   (or 29.71°)

Lon:   -95° 26' 7"   (or -95.44°)   [Map]

The map point defined by the Census Bureau lies 1,054 feet to the northeast<1> of the point given by the GNIS (see above).

You might note that the GPS location given for the 2010 Census is different than the location that was specified by the 2000 Census:

Lat:   29° 42' 34"   (or 29.71°)

Lon:   -95° 26' 7"   (or -95.44°)   [Map]

The GPS location given for the 2000 Census lies 344 feet to the north<2> of the point given by the 2010 Census.

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Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Southside Place is located in Region #3 (the South Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Southside Place is located in Division #7 (the West South-Central Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Southside Place is located in Region VI (Region 6).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Southside Place is located in Region VI (Region 6).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #1347529   (Name of Record: Southside Place)

Class: populated place

A place or area having clustered or scattered buildings and a permanent population (such as a city, settlement, town or village). The boundaries may or may not coincide with the perceived population.

A 'populated place' record may have a corresponding 'census' or 'civil' record. The information contained in the 'populated place' record applies only to the class and should not be confused with either the 'census' and 'civil' classes.

County: Harris

Map Name: Bellaire

Lat: 29.7060634       Lon: -95.4368849   [Map]

Elev: 15 ft.

GNIS ID #2411947   (Name of Record: City of Southside Place)

Class: civil

A political division formed for administrative purposes (such as a borough, county, incorporated place, parish, town or township).

A 'civil' record may have a corresponding 'census' or 'populated place' record. The information contained in the 'civil' record applies only to the class and should not be confused with either the 'census' and 'populated place' classes.

County: Harris

Map Name: Bellaire

Lat: 29.7089603       Lon: -95.436606   [Map]

Elev: 16 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 48/69272   (Place Name: Southside Place)

County: Harris     (FIPS State/County: 48/201)

Class: C1

Identifies an incorporated place (ie- Southside Place) that does not serve as a primary county division - or in other words, it is included in and is part of a primary county division (ie- Harris County).

GSA Code: 6510

MRF Code: 4015

MSA Code: 3360

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Southside Place:

The official website for Harris County:

The official website for State of Texas:

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

The official website of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Footnotes ...

<1>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS-supplied location is 335 degrees and a distance of 1,054 feet.

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<2>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2000 Census location is 357 degrees and a distance of 344 feet.

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